Wednesday, February 22, 2012

THE LIMITS OF MYTH BUSTING


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"One of my principal reasons for wishing to see 
Newfoundland united to the Dominion is that in
Canadian Ministers we should deal with men of 
a higher class, of wider minds, and of more
stateman like vision than the men who have
misgoverned and ruined Newfoundland"
Secretary for the Colonies
Lord Ripon
 
1894
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The very distinguished historian, Dr. Jerry Bannister, is presenting a public lecture tonight at The Rooms.

The Limits of Myth Busting promises to be an insightful and timely talk.

I don't know if you caught Dr. Bannister's interview on CBC's On The Go last evening which provided a glimpse into tonight's lecture. I get the impression that this will not be a straight forward correction of historical inaccuracies. Bannister has a knack for making one rethink the history of Newfoundland through social and economic contexts.

Are myths rooted in history? Where there is smoke, there is fire? What are the true roots of some of the most popular predominant historical myths? Are they rooted in some real event or policies?
   
A native of St. John's, Dr. Bannister is currently an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University.  He has published a number of books and has a a lot to say about nationalism and regional identities.  

He wrote "The Politics of Cultural Memory: Themes in the History of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, 1972-2003," in Collected Research Papers of the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening our Place in Canada (St. John’s: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2003).  Available on-line as a PDF file: www.gov.nf.ca/royalcomm/research/pdf/Bannister.pdf

He was awarded the Distinguished Canadian Studies Lecture, Canadian-American Center, University of Maine, 2008.

The lecture begins at 7:00 tonight at the Rooms.





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